The Dark Rider was a sorcerer who empowered 17th century witch hunter Cotton Mather, causing him to kidnap the Scarlet Witch from the future. His activities also attracted Spider-Man, the Vision, and Doctor Doom. He captured Doom, intending to fully drain his energies, and demanded that Mather sacrifice the Scarlet Witch to him. He was interrupted by Moondragon who had been drawn to the past as well. He was defeated by the heroes and burned to ashes.